Monday, June 29

Whimsy Challenge: Color Challenge

It's a colorful day at Whimsy! Since I'm out of town, I don't have a card to share, but the fun and games still go on over at the Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog! This week the challenge is to use red, orange and yellow as your color combo. Now, if that doesn't say summer I don't know what does! Remember that you may use any stamp you like for the challenge, but if you use a Whimsy Stamps image you get two entries!

Thanks for hopping by today - have a great day!

Thursday, June 25

Hip Hop Hangover does the VSN

Welcome! Did you go the the HOP yesterday? It was fun, and lots of prizes were given away; you should try it! If you are new to Hip Hop Hangover, today is the day Unity customers get to show off what they've made with Unity stamps. More inspiration can be found on the Unity blog!

Today I have THREE cards to show you - get ready for a longer than usual post! Virtual Stamp Night was last weekend, and I completed all five challenges. Not all of them had Unity on them, so I'll save the others for another post or two.

First up is an A2 card box. Does the image look familiar? I LOVE this ice cream cone! Not only is it simple to color, but it's just so much fun! The VSN challenge was to make our own faux liquid applique to make our image 3D. I used Pearl Ex powder to give the white part of the cone some shimmer, then added Hottie Pink Shimmerz to the leftover liquid to paint the bottom scoop. You can also use reinkers if you have them (which I don't, so I improvised). If you want to know how to make this SUPER simple liquid applique with stuff you have at home already, go here for a short demo. All the materials for this card were in my scrap tray except for the cardstock to make the box itself.

supplies ~ cardstock base: DCWV, pink cardstock: stash, watercolor paper: Strathmore, image & sentiment: Unity KOM {perfect in every way}, faux liquid applique: SU recipe + Pearl Ex Pearl White + Hottie Pink Blingz

The next card was for the challenge to make a masculine green card. These trees have been stamped out and sitting on my desk for a while waiting for me to color them in and put them on a card, so I thought green...trees...masculine...yep! Another scrap card, this one uses some brown Urban Rhapsody to complement the green/brown coloring of the trees.

supplies ~ cardstock: DCWV, dsp: K & Co. Urban Rhapsody, image: Unity March KOM {simple life)

Last up (whew!) is a little pull-treat pocket. I decided to hide some flower seeds inside. MORE scraps from my scrap tray were used for the dsp (can you tell I'm trying to use them up?) along with a little new cardstock and ribbon.

supplies ~ cardstock base: Martha Stewart, pink cardstock: stash, dsp: Hot Off the Press, ribbon: Michael's, seed packet: Lilly Miller Forget-Me-Nots, image & sentiment: Unity June KOM {perfect in every way}

Just to let you know, I'll be away from my computer for a couple of weeks, but I'm trying to schedule a few posts so you don't forget all about me! Free Smiley Courtesy of I've been making a ton of cards and just haven't had time to post them yet.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great weekend! I'll see you later, taters!

June Shout Out to SheetLoad

It's June, and that means there's a new issue of SheetLoad! If you've never heard of the SheetLoad of Cards magazine, you are in for a treat. Each month, the design team makes samples to inspire you, but SheetLoad goes a step further: it shows you how to take a single 12x12 piece of DSP to create multiple cards. And did I mention that the magazine is FREE?! This month, you can get 9 cards from a single piece of DSP using their magazine's cutting guide and layout! I'm still working on the whole sheetload, but I've already completed all the card fronts minus the images. Now THAT'S what I call getting more bang for your buck! Go over and get your copy and make a SheetLoad of cards!

High Hopes challenge #36 + a Verve sketch

This week, Jeanne over at High Hopes challenged us to use our scraps. FUN! I deliberately have a rather thin tray for my paper scraps, and another very thin tray for cardstock scraps. It helps me remember to use 'em up instead of letting them sit indefinitely. I still have some Bo Bunny scraps in my tray that I LOVE, so I decided to use Gavin the Givin' Dragon with them.

I had a piece of red cardstock left from another card, so I started with that as my base. The sketch I used is one from the June Release Week Challenges issued by Verve. The dsp you see are the scraps, as well as the red mat under the Gavin image. I colored Gavin with my Prismas & OMS, and used some fun polka dot ribbon to finish it off. The inside of the card is lined with more of the scrap Bo Bunny.

supplies ~ cardstock: Fiskars, dsp: Bo Bunny It's My Party, ribbon: Anita's, image: High Hopes Gavin the Givin' Dragon

Thanks for coming by to visit - I appreciate it!

Monday, June 22

Whimsy Challenge: Recipe (but you don't have to cook!)

Welcome to another Whimsy Stamps challenge! This week's challenge is a recipe. On your card you should use 2 patterned papers, 1 ribbon and 3 brads, buttons or flowers. I hope you join us this week. You don't need to have Whimsy stamps to play along, but you get an extra entry if you do! Come on - you know you want to play!

Here's my card. I decided to try something a wee bit different this time. I usually used my scallop nesties to mat an image, but this time I wanted to try making the image panel the scalloped part. Interesting effect, eh? I colored the image with Prismas & OMS, and the circles and heart at the bottom are some chipboard buttons in my stash. They're dressed up with some scrap ribbon. The layout is from the June SheetLoad magazine issue, and you'll see this image again when I finish the cards I'm making using this sketch.

supplies ~ cardstock: Martha Stewart, kraft: Bazzill, dsp: DCWV Sweet Stack, chipboard buttons: Colorbok, ribbon: stash, image: Whimsy Owl

Thanks for stopping by today! If you'd like more inspiration, be sure to stop by the design team blogs for complete details on thier projects. The links are on the left side under the Whimsy banner. Come again soon!

Saturday, June 20

Blog candy winner!

We have a winner! Thank you all for your kind comments and visits to my blog. I am truly honored and humbled that you come to see what I make. The winner is....

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Thursday, June 18

Hip Hop Hangover...finally!

Welcome! Did you go the the HOP yesterday? It was fun, and lots of prizes were given away; you should try it! After a long absence, I'm finally back to using some of my Unity Stamps - wahoo! I have a lot of catching up to do, though! Today I'm sharing with you TWO cards made with Unity's most recent kit of the month release!

This first card uses Sketch 233 from Splitcoast. I started by stamping the image on white cardstock, then used Shimmerz to paint the two scoops of ice cream and cherry. I used Twinkling H2Os to paint the cone. Then I matted the image and the dsp on Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered them all on a Chocolate Chip card base.

And just in case you're wondering....when I was a kid, we used to go to Baskins & Robbins occasionally for a special treat. My favorite combo was anything chocolate and peppermint (their version was pink with chips of peppermint - yum!), so that's why I picked those colors for my ice cream cone.

supplies ~ cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, pink embossed: stash, dsp: DCWV Sweet Stack, image & sentiment: Unity June KOM {perfect in every way}

It's been too long since I participated in any Unity challenges, so this week I decided to go for the YSHLUA #6 challenge (that stands for You Shouldn't Have Left Us Alone - you can find out how this all got started HERE) and a sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. Here's what we were asked to do for YSHLUA this week:

You will be making a card using your least favorite color as the primary color (no just throwing in on in a small spot where you can barely see it!), use two embellishments that are your least favorite, and use a stamp that hasn't seen any ink yet.

I don't typically use orange as my main color, and I don't use chipboard or ribbon very often, either. I did decide to paper piece some of the flowers with the dsp from the bottom part of the card, and used marigold and key lime Shimmerz on the rest of them.

supplies ~ cardstock: stash, dsp: DCWV, image & sentiment: Unity June KOM {perfect in every way}, chipboard corner: Colorbok, ribbon: stash

Lastly, if you've never purchased Unity stamps before, now is a great time to start! If you order this weekend, not only will you get a free stamp with a $25 order, but if you mention my name, my email, and "I AM NEW" as you're checking out, we will BOTH get a 40% off coupon for the next order - cool! Deets and sale special are all on the Unity website! PLUUUUUS, if you email me that you did this, I'll stamp off some Unity images for you!

Thanks for stopping by today - come again soon!

A new Doodle Dragon release today

ETA: Yeesh! This was ready to go and set to publish this morning, but I JUST found out it didn't publish as scheduled! Sorry!

Today is the day! You're going to be "over the moon" with today's releases! You can head over to Dustin's blog to see all the releases and purchase your favorites at the Doodle Dragon website. You can also see more inspiration from the other design team members using the links on the left side of my blog under the Doodle Dragon Studio banner.

This week's card is pretty simple, but the background does all the work instead of dsp. For such a simple card, though, it took a lot of time to color the background! If you didn't visit Dustin's blog yesterday, you can get the moon background for free. The space ship in the foreground is part of today's release. I colored the entire card with my Prismacolor pencils, but chose not to use OMS this time. I cut out the space ship and popped it up on pop dots to add more dimension since this card has only three layers.

supplies ~ cardstock: Fiskars, images: Doodle Dragon Studio

Thanks for stopping by for a look today! Come back soon!

Wednesday, June 17

Doodle Dragon Sneek Peek

I know it's rather late, but I wanted to post this peek anyway. You'll get to see the whole card tomorrow, and maybe an additional card or two if time allows. Have a good night!

Father's Day (Doodle Dragon style) and a blog candy update

Hello! Normally, I would be posting sneak peeks of Doodle Dragon releases, but I'm not done with my samples yet. I hope to be back later today with a sneak or two for you. So, I have some older images I used to make Father's Day cards. Since neither my dad or my father in law are internet users, I feel safe posting them before Sunday! =D

This first card is for my own dad. For as long as I can remember, we used to go on fishing trips just about every chance we had. My parents still love to go fishing when they have the chance, so I thought this would be the perfect image to use. I started with this week's sketch from Card Positioning Systems. An acetate card forms the base, and I adhered some Basic Grey paper to the back of the card inside to stamp the "got fish?" and "Happy Father's Day" as well as leave room for a personal message. Then on the front, I layered an embossed piece of kraft over more Basic Grey paper, then finally adhered the image. The image is colored with Prismas & OMS.

supplies ~ acetate base: Grafix, kraft: Bazzill, dsp: Basic Grey Archaic, image: Doodle Dragon Studio, sentiments: Studio G

The second card is for my FIL. He's a mechanic for a company that services large equipment, and he's very handy with tools and home repairs. Mr. Fixit here seemed the perfect choice. This week's sketch at Card Patterns (#19) was my starting point. I began with a dark blue base, then layered some Basic Grey paper over that. I used my new EK Success border punch on a second BG paper and also cut a narrow strip for the piece further down. The image and sentiment were adhered last. I colored the image with (yup!) Prismas & OMS, and the sentiment is the same one I used inside the card above.

supplies ~ card base: stash, dsp: Basic Grey Boxer, image: Doodle Dragon Studio, sentiment: Studio G

Finally, my blog candy has been updated with a picture in the post, as well as above in the link to it. If you'd like to enter, please do - you only have a few more days!

Monday, June 15

Whimsy Challenge: Thank You

It's Monday, so that means it's another Whimsy Stamps challenge! This week's theme is to make a thank you card, so I decided to play on the word "you". I used a sketch from Jacksonbelle Embellishments' Tuesday Challenge and a pink, brown & white color theme from The Pink Elephant Challenge.

This image is super easy to color, and I used Prismas & OMS. I paired it with some wonderful Basic Grey paper and a few Prima flowers with metal button centers. The sentiment "Thank Ewe" is stamped on the inside of the card.

Remember you can play along with this week's challenge even if you don't have any Whimsy stamps, so why not give it a try? There's a super prize for one random entrant, and I'm sure you need a thank you card! =D If you want some inspiration, you can click on the design team links on the left under the Whimsy banner. Thanks for stopping by for a look, and come again soon!

supplies ~ kraft cardstock: Bazzill, dsp: Basic Grey Porcelain, flowers: Prima, buttons: stash, image: Whimsy Lamb, sentiment (inside): Scrappy Cat Elegant Memoir

Thursday, June 11

It's release day at Doodle Dragon Studio

Ahoy, mateys! Heave anchor and make ready to hoist yer sails - we be leavin' port for dangerous waters! hehehe

My husband and I love all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and he's been watching them a lot lately. So I'm feeling a bit nautical today!

If you haven't been over to Dustin's blog today, he's releasing 10 new "salty" images. This is just one of them, but all of them are so cute. You can buy the images at the Doodle Dragon Studio website. I'm hoping to have time to use some of the other images and post a pic or two later.

This was a pretty simple card to put together, but the black cardstock really makes it pop (I really love that). I colored the image with Prismas & OMS. The layout is from a sketch at SCS, and the papers are K & Co.

I saw the 12x12 pad of these papers at Michael's today, but my jaw dropped when I saw the price for the pad. I walked away thinking I would have to wait for a coupon to get the papers. Then I saw that they also had mat pads for the same line of papers at a significantly cheaper price - bingo! Since I planned to use these smaller size papers for cards anyway, I got a twofer from this find! Doncha just love it when that happens? =D

Thanks for stopping by today for a look! You can get more inspiration from the rest of the design team - the links are on the left side under the Doodle Dragon Studio banner. Have a ship-shape day!

supplies ~ cardstock: Fiskars, dsp: K & Co. Citronella, image: Dustin Pike Sailboat2

Wednesday, June 10

Doodle Dragon sneaky peek...and get your freebie

Tomorrow is another Doodle Dragon release, so I have a peek for you! I'll show you the entire card tomorrow. I'll give you a hint, though: you better bring your flippers...hehehe! And remember to stop by Dustin's blog to download your freebie. You won't want to miss it - he's giving you a whole SET of images today!

Tuesday, June 9

High Hopes challenge 34: a sketch

I really love High Hopes stamps, but I've only had the time to participate in a couple of their challenges in the past. Now that summer is here, I have lots more time to play in my stamp room and enter challenges. The image on this card, Little Missy, was one I received in a swap over at SCS. Since money is always a consideration when it comes to stamping supplies, I really like swaps.

The sketch for this week's challenge was a pretty simple one. Although I really like quick cards with minimal layers, I have to confess that the cards I love most are the ones with more layers. I also decided to decorate the inside of this card. I colored the image with Prismas & OMS.

supplies ~ cardstock: stash, dsp: Basic Grey Porcelain, image: High Hopes

I am working on images for the Doodle Dragon release on Thursday and the freebie image for tomorrow, so I may be back later today with peeks for those.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, June 8

Whimsy Challenge: A Sketch!

Welcome to another Whimsy challenge! Did you see the great news on the Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog? Now, not only can you use any image in many of the challenges, but we are now doing WEEKLY challenges - double the fun!

This week, we have a sketch to use for inspiration. This is the first time Whimsy has had a sketch challenge, but I'm hoping that there will be many more...I love sketches!

I inked up my duck stamp for the first time for this challenge. I like to have a different take on images sometimes, and this was no exception. I decided that I really wanted to do a mallard duck for this challenge. After coloring him in with Prismas & OMS, I used scraps from my scrap tray to mat the image and added a couple of coordinating pieces of dsp on the green cardstock. I mounted the image on pop dots to add some dimension.

supplies ~ cardstock: DCWV, dsp: K & Co. Urban Rhapsody, image: Whimsy Duck

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you visit the other design team blogs for more inspiration. The links to their blogs are on the left side under the Whimsy banner. Have a terrific day!

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